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Casuarius casuarius

Casuarius casuarius
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Copyright: Lucas Aguilar (laguilar) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-07 0:36
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Casuarius casuarius


Order: Casuariformes.
Family: Casuariidae. This family consists of 3 species of the genus Casuarius: Common Cassowary (C. casuarius) Northern Cassowary (C. unappendiculatus) casurario pygmy (C. Benetti).
Range: New Guinea, N Australia (Cape York Peninsula) and nearby islands (Ceram, Aru).
Habitat: rainforests and jungles.
Height: 1.8 m.
Weight: 70 kg.
Reproduction: Sunset 4-8 eggs, incubated by the male for 50 d.
Plumage: glossy black plumage in adults, young brown.


In all species, legs and neck are long. The head is adorned with a helmet (larger in males) consisting of a calcified cartilage covered by skin keratin. The neck has an exposed portion of feathers whose skin is highly colored. From him hanging folds of skin (wattles), also colored.


They eat berries swallowing them whole. Unable to fly, eat fallen fruit in the forest floor. Also insects, invertebrates, small vertebrates and some fungi.


Single birds, form pairs during the breeding season. Territorial birds.


It features feather-shaped pins that are used in fights between individuals. The nails of his feet are also defensive weapons and especially inside the toenail is large.

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